Mississippi Gulf Fishing Banks, Inc.

Activity Report for the Period
September 13 - October 10, 2002

Summary
During this period, there were 4 rubble deployments from the seaway staging site to FH-2, 11, 13, and 10 which occurred on September 17, 18, 19, and 29 respectively. A Dive Trip was made with MS Outdoors to the Von Rosenberg in FH-7 on September 28, but it was fruitless due to zero visibility.

Seaway Clearing Project
An effort to clear out the seaway staging property of concrete rubble which began last month continued. Inshore deployments were conducted by Vice Construction, while offshore deployments were conducted by a joint effort between Colle Towing and Vice Construction. Colle provided Barge and Tug services, while Vice provided loading and offloading services. PRIMOFISH.COM provided spotter boat operations. Efforts started around the clock on September 17, but were cut short by Hurricanes Isidore and Lili.

On September 17, rubble 279F2 was placed in the southwest end of FH-2 about 300 meters east of the Corps Barge. On September 18, rubble 280F11 was placed in the southeast end of FH-11. On September 19, rubble 281F13 was intended to go to FH-2, but was diverted to FH-13. The Tug "Jim Colle" had lost one engine and moderate seas had forced her to the east. Rather than prolong the project it was decided to deploy the material at the north end of FH-13. The tug captain had trouble holding the barge in position and ended up circling the deployment marker buoy as the material was deployed. On September 29, rubble 282F10 was placed on FH-10, the Horn Island Middle Ground Site, inside Horn Island. Coordinates for all these deployments are detailed below.


020917 Corps Barge Rubble East Satellite, SCR7, 279F2
Position: 3004.808'N/8834.540'W 12427.2/47042.4-3/29601.0
300 meters east of the Corps Barge. The surrounding water depth was 58 feet with a minimum depth of 50 feet recorded. Predicted tide level was 2.0 feet with a range of 0.4 to 2.1 feet. Large Bases mostly scattered in a 200 foot area. Light current to the west. Go north and east of coordinates for best marks.

020918 Squash Channel rubble, SCR8, 280F11
Position: 3015.502'N/8853.768'W 12228.4/47080.9/29449.5
Southeast end of FH-11/9. The surrounding water depth was 18 feet with a minimum depth of 14 feet recorded. Predicted tide level was 1.5 feet with a range of 0.6 to 2.0 feet. Large Bases mostly. Scattered to south.

020919 North FH-13 Rubble, SCR9, 281F13
Position: 3003.241'N/8831.715'W 12456.2/47036.2/29623.3
Center point buoy at 3003.262/8831.709. Additional marks at 3003.276 / 8831.721, 3003.259 / 8831.682, and 3003.251 / 8831.725. Northeast of pipe MO947. The surrounding water depth was 67 feet with a minimum depth of 58 feet recorded. Predicted tide level was 1.8 feet with a range of .8 to 1.8 feet. South Wind 10-14 knots.

020929 Middle Ground Rubble, SCR10, 282F10
Position: 3015.876'N/8838.960'W 12381.8/47085.2/29601.0
Scattered East and West at South end of site. The surrounding water depth was 11 feet with a minimum depth of 7 feet recorded. Predicted tide level was 0.4 feet with a range of .3 to 2.1 feet. Near 991108 rubble. Large Rubble. East Wind @ 10 knots.

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